Highways and roadways are already dangerous with so many vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed in the same space. Throw in the variable of roadwork and you have the recipe for a potential disaster. The fact is, accidents during road construction and repairs are a real possibility, which is why if you are the manager of such a project, you have to do all you can to keep drivers in the area safe. Part of that revolves around having the right traffic control items on hand. Take a look at three of the most important traffic control devices you should be using as part of your highway construction or repair project.
LED-Lighted Message Boards
One of the biggest reasons accidents are a big problem during roadway construction is the fact that drivers don't always know what to expect or what to do. It is hard to communicate with every driver, but what you can do is use an LED-lighted message board or sign that flashes messages to oncoming traffic. These message boards can be used to warn drivers of upcoming roadwork, detours, or closed lanes in advance so you can avoid a confused driver heading in a direction they should not be going.
Plastic Barrier Walls
Keeping your crew and fresh pavement protected from vehicles is always an important part of highway construction and repair. Therefore, having barriers on site is for the better of everyone involved. Plastic barrier walls may not sound to stable, but these lightweight walls are filled with water or sand to make them more hefty and they can definitely slow an oncoming vehicle that is headed for a work area. These barrier walls come in many different shapes and sizes and can usually be rented at a traffic control rental store.
Traffic Cones and Barrels
Never underestimate the importance and effectiveness of traffic cones and traffic barrels. These may be some of the most traditional traffic control devices, but they are still effective at alerting drivers to closed off areas in the roadway. When you are performing roadway construction, these cones and barrels can be situated as a divider to keep vehicles out of certain areas, and they do a very good job of doing just that because they are recognized by just about all drivers. Cones work well in areas of slower moving traffic, but barrels are better suited for roadwork situations on busy highways.